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The First Prospectors

Who were the earliest prospectors in the Western Hemisphere? Is there any way to tell?

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Looking Back


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America has lost another ex-president with the passing last month of Gerald Ford, the only non-elected president in history. It is worth remembering, however, that he came into the office under incredibly difficult circumstances and acquitted himself well. He will be fondly remembered.

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Salted Mining Properties—How to Properly Evaluate a Claim


Sometimes there are good mining claims on the market available to purchase, but there are also folks out there who are willing to take your money under false pretenses. Don’t fool yourself into thinking that these wolves in sheep’s clothing are few and far between.

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• Coeur Alaska
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Legislative and Regulatory Update


• BLM proposed budget asks for funds for mining restrictions
• Oregon bill 838
• California suction gold dredging update

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